Benefit Show this Friday! +New Merch

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Oct 8th, 2012

Special thanks to Dustin (Disposable America)!
He designed a great poster for our benefit show on Friday and also made some new buttons which will be available at the show.

(Facebook Event Page)

Aaaaand our new buttons:

*Buttons will also be available by mailorder for any non-local Papercut fans & friends in the next few weeks.

Hope to see you all this weekend!

Zine and archival materials workshop

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Sep 24th, 2012

Saturday, October 6th — Zine and archival materials workshop at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum.

Comics Event

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Sep 23rd, 2012

Sunday, September 23 — Readings by local comic artists and discussion about the intersections of indie comic and zine communities to gear up for MICE next weekend! See the facebook event here.

Closed today, Labor Day

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Sep 3rd, 2012

Sorry for the inconvenience, but we will be closed today. Enjoy your holiday, see you all next weekend!

Recipe zine making at the Union Square Farmers’ Market!

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Aug 20th, 2012

Saturday, September 15 — PZL will be hanging out at the Union Square Farmers’ Market soliciting illustrated recipes of your favorite things do to with the yummy produce from USFM. The finished product will be an awesome, illustrated recipe zine! See more info about the Farmer’s Market here: Image by Claudia Pearson.

See more here:

RSVP here!

Preserving Our Collection

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Jul 30th, 2012

As Papercut inches closer and closer to reaching our 15,000th zine, we librarians are having more and more trouble keeping those zines clean and organized! As you may know, when we moved into our Inman Square location we decided to store around 2/3 of our collection in the basement. Although it is a clean and productive space, it is still a basement; full of dust and moisture that are simply not conducive to keeping aging periodicals.

This, dear patrons and zinesters, is where you come in!

If you have any of the following items, or ideas for helping to preserve our precious collection, please let us know! You can come in during open hours, or email us at Papercut(at)riseup(dot)net.

-Polypropeline or comic sleeves
-Stationary boxes (with lids)
-Comic or magazine boxes (with lids)
-Dustbuster (or other smallish vacuum)

Thanks so much for any leads/donations/etc! <3

Thanks to Closed Door Fanzine!

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Jul 9th, 2012

The latest issue of Closed Door Fanzine was released this past Friday at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square. This zine features photos of hardcore bands from Massachusetts taken by my dear friend, Tim O’connell. The release show featured some of Boston’s finest hardcore bands, with a few surprise sets throughout the night! Thanks to everyone who came out and played in support of awesome zines and the library that showcases them. Door donations were split between bands, Closed Door, and also served as a benefit for the zine library — helping us to pay a whole month’s rent! So thanks to everyone who came out and donated to this — it is greatly appreciated :)

For info on how to get a copy of Closed Door Fanzine, email Tim – timoconnell5(at)

Sanford Berman: father of radical cataloging

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Jun 17th, 2012

Unless you’re a librarian or going to school to become one, it’s pretty unlikely you’ve ever heard of Sanford Berman. By the time you finish this blog post, he might just edge out your friendly neighborhood zine librarian for the title of “raddest librarian”

As any librarian can tell you, thorough and accurate description of an item is hard work. In the library world, we use controlled vocabularies so that information can be organized, found and retrieved efficiently and effectively. Since the Library of Congress is so huge, they’ve done a lot of the work of describing A LOT of books. It would make sense then that the most commonly used controlled vocabulary for cataloging in the English speaking world is the LC Subject heading list. There are a lot of problems with that list! The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States of America and as a result of that, their subject heading list carries the biases inherent in that. One example: LCSH uses the heading “Burma” for “Republic of the Union of Myanmar” and “Armenian Massacre” for “Armenian Genocide”.

So what does this have to do with Sanford Berman? In 1968 Berman moved to Lusaka, Zambia and worked as a library assistant at the University of Zambia’s library. Like thousands of other libraries all over the world the University of Zambia used LCSH subject headings in their catalogs. When it was brought to Berman’s attention that one of these headings was a term akin to a highly offensive racial epithet in the U.S., the seeds for his seminal work, the 1971 book, Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People. In the introduction to Prejudices and Antipathies Berman lays it down:

…In the realm of headings that deal with people and cultures — in short, with humanity — the LC list can only ‘satisfy’ parochial, jingoistic Europeans and North Americans, white-hued, at least nominally Christian (and preferably Protestant) in faith, comfortably situated in the middle and higher-income brackets, lagely domiciled in suburbia, fundamentally loyal to the established order, and heavily imbued with the transcendent, incomparable glory of western civilization. Further, it reflects a host of untenable – indeed, obsolete and arrogant assumptions.

Tireless in his efforts to rid the Library of Congress subject heading list of “humanity-degrading, intellect-constricting rubbish” Berman sent letters like THIS and THIS much to the chagrin (and sometimes annoyance) of LC catalogers. He started Fully aware of injustice in the real world (not that the “bibliographic universe” isn’t part of the “real world”…) Berman didn’t limit himself to calling out LC. HERE is a letter he sent to American Libraries after the Occupy Wall Street Library was trashed, and HERE is to President Obama about Egypt.

“Zine” is now an official LC subject term thanks to Berman, as is “Transgender People”. THIS “scorecard” shows changes to LC’s subject list made just between 2004 – 2009…pretty awesome.

If you’re interested in reading more about Sanford Berman check out this awesome web zine: KISS MY FILING INDICATORS #1

New Bike Parking!

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Jun 11th, 2012

We now have TONS of bike parking right in front of Papercut/Lorem Ipsum! Stop by on your ride on this gorgeous day, we will be open from 2-7 PM.

Couch Surfing Zine Making Meetup

Written By: drawmedy Published: Jun 2nd, 2012

Just in time for the start of the summer couch surfing season, Papercut hosted a zine release for “A Couch Surfers Guide to Some Fun Stuff to do in Boston” and a zine making meetup for other ‘surfers.  It was really fun!  If we were to have more themed zine making meetups, what would kind of zine would you want to make??  (You can get a copy of the couch surfing guide to Boston by donating to Papercut!  Find more info here.)

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